MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 1, 2004
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy orange-amber color with a decent creamy off white head with some lacing. Veggie and bready aromas, fruity, nutty, caramel flavors. Medium bodied with a full and creamy mouthfeel, lasting sweet finish. Gets thicker and more flavorful as it warms, this is one of the best american oktoberfest I have had.
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2005 Pours a big tan head and offers a sweet malty aroma, with a hint of Hallertau. Head lingers well as a wisp, but what a pretty beer. Almost garnet, red brown..crystal clear. Taste of toast and honey, but crisp from bittering hops - maybe a tad too much. Great use of toasted malts. Long finish of mouthiness. Super!
jtw (1161) - farmington, Michigan, USA - SEP 26, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
clear light brown color with a thin tan head. malt, caramel, biscuits in the aroma. very soft malt notes, lots of caramel and toast in the body. some mild bitterness in the end. very very enjoyable oktoberfest!
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: deep, reddish brown color, clear, with a fizzy, light-tan head of foam, softly simmering down.
Aroma: soft, simple, fresh, malty, creamy, grassy, some vegetal notes, with a richness that grows as it opens and flowers.
Taste: malts up top and forever out, hardly a hop appearing..oh, wait, I caught a few! Wonderful, warm texture, medium-bodied, friendly flavor. Lip-smackingly sweet, but never treacly, never cloying. Sunny, bright, and yum, yummy, yum!
Nice, long finish, and all in all, one of the better American Oktoberfests I’ve sampled recently.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sprecher isn’t a bad brewery. They have a few respectable beers. This wasn’t too bad. Poured dark amber with a beige head. Easy on the hops. Caramel and malt aroma. Decent body with gentle carbonation and smooth mouthfeel. The flavor was pleasant and was subtle caramel and hops. Decent.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - AUG 19, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark almost red wine-red. medium-sized white head. Aroma is pale and malty, as is the flavor. Spice, bitter, and fruit are detectable in the flavor. Palate was a little thin for my taste. And the flavor was nice, but also lacking.
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear reddish amber with a thick light brown head. Fruity aroma of honey, caramel, banana bread, and orange with a hint of ginger. Medium velvety body with soft carbonation. Fruity flavor of caramel, banana bread, honey, orange, apricot, and plum with a hint of allspice and cinnamon. A great session beer, perfect for an oktoberfest.
badgerben (4971) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a medium brown color with a bit of a red tint with little head. Caramel and malt on the nose. More malt in the flavor, but not as thick and meaty as I would expect an Oktoberfest to be. It still tastes good, but just a little on the weak side.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish color with a medium off-white head. A sweet caramel malt aroma with spicy hops that has an almost English feel to it. Light bodied, spicy feel and taste. Caramel lingers with a dry finish. Falls into the too easy to drink category, 16oz is a plus in this case.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 3, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Something about the aroma reminds me of micros I drank 10 years ago--Red Feather Pale Ale from Chambersburg, Pa. Who cares. Nice spicy hops, beautiful appearance. Mild, but fine malt profile. There's something very typical about this: if you like Marzen, you'll dig it. I do. Thanks, Capt. Cougar.